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1. Mildly warm; tepid.
2. Lacking conviction or enthusiasm; indifferent: gave only lukewarm support to the incumbent candidate.

[Middle English leukwarm : leuk, luke (possibly alteration of leu, from Old English hlēow; see kelə- in Indo-European roots) + warm, warm; see warm.]

luke′warm′ly adv.
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Adv.1.lukewarmly - in an unenthusiastically lukewarm manner; "he was lukewarmly received by his relatives"
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Thus it happens that whenever those who are hostile have the opportunity to attack they do it like partisans, whilst the others defend lukewarmly, in such wise that the prince is endangered along with them.
If, therefore, thou wouldst have me enjoy what can be called life, thou wilt at once engage in this love struggle, not lukewarmly nor slothfully, but with the energy and zeal that my desire demands, and with the loyalty our friendship assures me of."
The images are sure to fuel fans' demand for the film's "Zack Snyder cut." He got a solo directorial credit, but Joss Whedon was hired to oversee the reshoots and the eventual post-production that would shape the awaited superhero flick into the lukewarmly received outcome that it is today.
She had campaigned, albeit lukewarmly, to stay in the EU but swiftly made honouring the referendum result her mission.
Though we do not pray for a crisis in the region, if however, the government's lukewarmly provocative and incisive stance instigates any breakdown of law and order in the region, then the present government should be held responsible,' IYC warned.
Since competition with private sector universities has not thrived, the public sector universities are lukewarmly considering to groom their own employees (KUR-4).
(10) This is despite the fact that northern leaders participated lukewarmly in the decolonization struggles that led to Nigeria's independence in 1960 (11) and complained soon after about the "mistake of 1914" that amalgamated the North and South by fiat.
The Punisher has had a surprisingly difficult live-action journey to the screen, disastrously portrayed by Dolph Lundgren in a 1989 movie, lukewarmly performed by Thomas Jane in a 2004 film and cartoonishly depicted by Ray Stevenson in 2008's 'The Punisher: War Zone.' For a character known for his skill with guns, all these attempts were off-target.
But chapter 4, "Identity Politics and Multiculturalism in the 1990s," describes some relative failures--the play Face Value, the lukewarmly received film version of M.
Veronika Part, a principal with American Ballet Theatre since 2009, has been the subject of polarized reactions from critics who have either thrilled to her dancing or shrugged lukewarmly. In response, she chooses not to read reviews of any kind.
This ink has been spilled glowingly (Krugman 2014), lukewarmly (Summers 2014), and devastatingly (Jones 2014).
However, Russia received the tactic lukewarmly, for its "revolutionary ways" are opposed to those of the Brotherhood's, and it has a bitter history with Islamists, according to Abdel Qader.